Last minute Christmas gifts for kids to make for Grandma and Grandpa or their aunts and uncles? Try these DIY ideas for children that require a just a bit of adult supervision but end in wow-worthy gifts that the recipients will really appreciate.
Beaded Key Chain
8″ leather cord
1/2″ metal clip
five wooden beads
Fold the cord in half. Thread the two loose ends through the metal clip and then through the loop of cord. Draw it snug on the metal clip. Snap the clip onto the key chain circle. Pass the two loose ends of the cord through the five beads. Tie a knot to secure them and trim off the excess.
Snowman Drink Koozie
Discarded adult white sweater
3 tiny, green buttons
2 tiny, black buttons
mini Glue Dots
8″ narrow red ribbon
1/4″-long triangle of orange foam or felt
black Sharpie marker
Cut a 5″ length of the sweater sleeve near the cuff. This forms the snowman’s body. Orient the snowman vertically with the finished cuff at the top. Starting 3/4 of the way down from the top, glue the buttons on with the dots, spacing them evenly. Slightly above the buttons, position the ribbon on the snowman to form the scarf. Tack it on with a Glue Dot to secure it. Glue on the buttons for eyes and the triangle for his nose. Draw on his smiling mouth with the Sharpie marker. Place the recipient’s favorite drink in the koozie for presentation.
clear glass or plastic ball ornament
two colors of acrylic paint
Gently remove the ornament’s hook and loop. Pour about a half teaspoon of glitter through the funnel into the ornament. Add several drops of each paint color. Cover the opening with a rag and turn the ornament until the paint and glitter coats the entire inside of the ornament. Add additional paint if needed. Drain any excess paint. Leave it open until the paint dries. Replace the ornament’s hook and loop.
Gingerbread Man Ornament
1 cup, plus 1 tbs. ground cinnamon
3/4 cup applesauce
gingerbread man cookie cutter
puffy paint (white, red and green)
Combine ground cinnamon and applesauce. Work in just enough applesauce to make a thick dough. Roll it out evenly to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut out gingerbread men. Poke a hole at the top for hanging. Bake at 200 degrees on baking sheet until firm, about 2 1/2 hours. When thoroughly cooled, use puffy paint to decorate like a gingerbread man. Tie a hanging ribbon through the hole.
3-D Paper Ornament
7 three-inch circles cut from red construction paper or scrapbooking paper
6-inch silver cord
1/4 wide, 1/2-inch long strip of aluminum foil
Fold each circle in half. Glue one half to another half. Completely cover each half with plenty of glue. Keep adding additional folded circles to form a sphere. Once all but the last circle is in place, double the cord and nestle it in the center with 4 inches of the loop extending from the top of the sphere. Glue the last folded circle in place. Glue the aluminum foil strip around the silver cord, snug against the ornament to represent the metal hook holder on top of traditional glass ball ornaments.
Stained Glass Candle Holder
various colors of tissue paper
white school glue
small glass jar or actual plain glass candle holder
small battery operated votive or tea light candle
medium-width ribbon (optional)
Tear the pieces of tissue paper into random shapes. Glue them to the outside of the glass to cover it entirely. Place candle inside. If the glass has threading, you can conceal it by gluing on a length of ribbon.
When presenting your children’s gifts, don’t forget to snap a few photos of them giving their crafted gifts to grandma and grandpa or their uncle and aunt.